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Etang de la Gruère

We ended our four hour walk last Sunday at the Etang de la Gruère near Saignelégier.  

The Gruère pond is a perfect place to spend two or three hours.  I want to go back when the flowers are in bloom.  The last time we were there it was two years ago and in the summer.  The pond was full of flowers and blueberries were everywhere waiting to be picked!  People would walk by a bush stopping to pick some blueberries before continuing on their walk munching away.  

Apple cake
Before continuing to the pond we stopped for a treat. Vilay and I split an apple cake while the kids had ice cream. Yum! 

Etang de la Gruère
Because the ground is wet and you can sink in it in many places, you must walk on wooden platforms most of the way.

Etang de la Gruère
Do you see all that pollen?!? Good thing we don’t have allergies.

Etang de la Gruère
It is quiet and peaceful here.

Etang de la Gruère
There were birds in the water but not as many as I remembered from before. I think as the weather warms up more and more birds will return to the pond.

Etang de la Gruère

Etang de la Gruère

Etang de la Gruère
The blueberries weren’t ripe enough to eat but it won’t be long!

Etang de la Gruère
The children weren’t bored for one second and loved finding little treasures of nature hidden around each bend.

Etang de la Gruère
The flowers are starting to grow and soon will bloom. 

Etang de la Gruère
The Jura sky always impresses me. It is awe-inspiring.

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La Tartine Gourmande

– French woman living in Boston that has one of the most incredible food blogs I have seen yet! I only found it today looking for an apple cake recipe.  I am not letting this blog slip away!  I have already subscribed to it in Google Reader.  

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  • expatraveler May 19, 2009, 4:53 pm

    Your little trip looks like so much fun. They have more of these platforms in Switzerland too. I remember one near Schwyz that I would walk on a lot also. We also have these here in Canada around areas which can get wet. It’s a little crazy during the winter! They usually put metal on the bottom so you don’t slide..

    Funny thing, I asked P the other day how to say pond – Etang…

  • Emily M. May 19, 2009, 6:33 pm

    i am putting this on places to visit this summer (when the blueberries are on, of course!). looks beautiful!

  • anne May 19, 2009, 9:53 pm

    Another fantastic walk, it looks amazing! Lovely photos as usual :-) Thanks for sharing. Did your children WALK for 4 hours, that is great!!

  • Pumpkin May 20, 2009, 11:42 am

    Expatraveler,
    I had forgotten this Engish word for the French until we decided to go there. Sometimes the French words take on a life of their own and I don’t even try to translate. It was the case with etang until I researched it in English for this post. The French is starting to take over! :)

    Emily M.,
    You will not regret it! There are people from all over Switzerland, France and Germany from what we can tell from the license plates of cars. It is so beautiful you will come back more than once! Pack a picnic and eat it with the horses just by. Perfection Swiss style.

    Anne,
    My children did walk the entire four hours without even one complaint. I think it is me that complains before them! My now six year old daughter walked from our village to France when she was four and a half years old. It took six hours. She walked most of the way and only caught a ride on her sisters stroller a few times. It is amazing the distance we can cross but I think we have forgotten it in todays “modern” world.

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